Where to start?
I’m an early 30-something living in beautiful downtown Toronto. I’m married to an awesome human named Jason. I’ve visited many corners of the world (5 out of 7 continents) but I always come back to TO - it’s home.
Things I like doing: eating, cooking, yoga, drinking kombucha, planning fun trips and adventures, eating, reading, chilling in front of the TV...did I mention eating? I love music of many kinds and I play guitar, poorly but spiritedly. Cycling is my main way of getting around, although I like practicing driving when possible (which isn’t often!).
You might call me a modern day hippie. You know... I like sage and crystals, I make my own deodorant. (It works. Ask me for the recipe. It takes two minutes to make.)
What else can I tell you about me? I’m a Taurus, so I’m very stubborn but also very loyal. I love talking about life goals and dreams, which is balanced by the fact that I’m generally quite grounded, organized, and detail-minded.
Here are some things about me that I recognize give me privilege in this world: I’m white (British ancestry). I’m able-bodied. I’m a cis woman in a hetero relationship. There are more things, undoubtedly, and I believe this is an important conversation to engage in.
Ok, food...I can’t talk about myself without talking about food.
Food has literally and figuratively shaped who I am up to this point, and will continue to play a huge role in the unfolding of my life, both personally and professionally. Food for me is a source of pleasure, connection, and healing.
It was through food that I got healthy. In 2009, by changing what I was eating, I lost over 60 lbs, kicked my daily headaches to the curb, and just generally started to feel good in my body and my life. I’ve been a certified nutritionist since 2013 and have helped others feel great, too. Woo!
If you’re wondering what my eating style is, I’m of the Paleo-ish persuasion. Hippie or not, I love meat...and yes, I’m one of those people that voluntarily goes without gluten or grains most of the time. I love meat, veggies, and a whole range of clean, healthy fats. These are my feel good foods; the foods that truly fuel me, that I eat on a daily basis.
All that said, though, sometimes I eat and drink the things that don’t fuel me - *ahem* pizza *ahem* cider - and I make no apologies for it (but I do use digestive supports!).
Finally, dark chocolate. It is, and will always be, a constant in my life.
So why am I here? Why am I doing this?
My passion has always been in food and nutrition, as you can see, so that’s how I naturally ended up supporting people nutritionally, but what makes me interested in the postpartum period specifically? At some point (I dunno, maybe I could hear my biological clock, as they say?) I started getting more interested in pregnancy, birth, babies, and parenting.
As I read more and more, and pursued further education and training on these topics, I realized two things:
1. Postpartum families, in particular the birthing person, are underserved in their communities. The postpartum period is not given the respect and attention it deserves.
These are pretty bold statements to make, but hear me out. We place so much emphasis on having a healthy pregnancy, and then having a healthy baby - indeed I know many nutritionists and practitioners who focus on these areas - but somehow we forget about the health and healing of the postpartum person, and the well-being of the whole family as they adjust to their new roles. Our medical system is set up so that the person who has just given birth, and their babe, don’t receive any care until 6 weeks following the birth - 6 weeks! A lot happens in 6 weeks.
2. The way we view the postpartum experience, the way we talk about it, is messed up.
Again, kind of a bold thing to say...but I stand behind my statement. This definitely ties in with the previous point, in the sense that we don’t live in a culture that honours the postpartum period as the sacred time that it is. We talk about exhaustion and sleep deprivation, often in a joking way, such that we’ve normalized the idea that the postpartum period inevitably sucks. This is problematic for many reasons. Yes, it’s a challenging time, but it does not have to suck. I actually believe it can be awesome...if we start to shift how we think about it, and begin treating it the way we would treat any other intense recovery period. Rest and support are critical. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?
How can I help you?
So here I am.
I’m committed to supporting families in having a positive postpartum experience. I offer postpartum doula care, traditional Bengkung belly binding, meal prep services, and placenta encapsulation. If any of that sounds cool to you, let’s chat more. Let’s discover what an amazing postpartum experience would look like for you...and create a plan to make it happen.